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Froggy 101’s Guitars & Stars lets young country artists shine at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on April 18

Froggy 101’s Guitars & Stars lets young country artists shine at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on April 18
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From a press release:

It was announced today that Scranton country music radio station Froggy 101 and Wisnosky Jewelers in Tunkhannock will present Guitars & Stars at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m.

Main stage acts include Kane Brown, Brett Young, Dylan Scott, reigning American Idol Trent Harmon, and former member of the pop rock group Hot Chelle Rae, Ryan Follese. A portion of all of ticket sales will benefit the Froggy Arts Fund in an effort to keep music programs thriving in local schools.

Tickets, which are $15, $30, $40, and $80 (VIP), plus applicable fees, go on sale next Monday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. and will be available through the Kirby Center box office (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A special Kirby Member pre-sale begins this Friday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m.

Born in Tennessee, Kane Brown was first attracted to R&B. After winning an 11th grade talent contest with a rendition of country singer Chris Young’s “Gettin’ You Home,” he began to post videos of himself singing covers of other popular country songs online. He quickly developed a fan base. His single “Used to Love You Sober” was a smash hit, and he signed with RCA/Sony Music Nashville.

Trent Harmon holds the reigning title as American Idol. Less than one week after taking the title during the final season of “American Idol,” Harmon entered the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, earning him a “hot shot debut” with coronation song “Falling,” which was written by “Idol” judge Keith Urban along with celebrated songwriters Dallas Davidson and Brett James. Already in the studio, the 25-year-old musician is eager to begin recording his self-described “Country soul” album and recently released his debut single “There’s a Girl” on “Fox and Friends’” Summer Concert Series. Critics raved week after week following each of Harmon’s “vocally gifted” (LA Times) performances as he covered hits by Justin Timberlake, Sia, Parsan James, Percy Sledge, and more.

A native of the small Louisiana town of Bastrop, Dylan Scott grew up with a passion for country music. He met songwriter Charlie Craig on a trip to Nashville and recorded four songs with Craig as a producer. One song in particular caught the eye of record executives and he signed with Curb Records. Scott recorded numerous songs with the help of famed producer and music label icon Jim Ed Norman, including “Making This Boy Go Crazy,” which went on to establish Scott as an emerging country artist. He is currently in the studio working on new music, and you can catch his newest song “My Girl” on country radio.

Born and raised in Orange County, California, Brett Young first developed a love of music by learning to play guitar. By 2007, he had released his first record, a self-titled EP. Two other albums followed. Young left California and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, releasing an EP titled “Country in California.” He attracted the attention of the Big Machine Label Group, which signed him for a record deal. A six-song EP was released in February 2016. His single “Sleep Without You” did well on both the country and pop charts.

You may have heard Ryan Follese performing with his band Hot Chelle Rae. You may not have known he also has a solo career as a country artist. Follese grew up surrounded by country music; his parents were both songwriters for the likes of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. In 2016, after a few albums with his band, he decided to get back to his country roots. He signed with Big Machine in June and released his first single, “Float Your Boat,” which was well-received by country radio.

Guitars & Stars is produced by Entercom Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Entercom has partnered with Wisnosky Jewelers and Century Dental to present this show.